I recently shared an article I stumbled across on my professional facebook page entitled "10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make Your Happier, Backed By Science." Research shows that giving thanks is good medicine for our mental health; this is especially important this time of year, as we are naturally called upon to share our gratitude with each other.
Take stock of all you have- and activate your innate healing abilities- with this list, specially designed with giving thanks in mind...
1. Keep a journal of things you're grateful for- share with others for extra effect!
2. Go out of your way to express your appreciation when others help you- thankfulness is contagious!
3. Reach out to someone who has helped you through a difficulty in your life and share your gratitude- be specific for best results!
4. Take note of what's not going wrong, right now- maybe there's even a blessing in disguise!
5. Make your own personal gratitude mantra: Less Stressed, More Blessed! Gratitude, Not Attitude! What works for you?
6. Plan a meal to invite people over and invite each of your fellow diners to share one thing they're thankful for with each other.
7. What does it look like to be truly thankful? Integrate this image into your experience, painting, drawing, collaging, or a taking a picture of it!
8. Who embodies gratitude to you? Let yourself draw from all figures and from all times. What message do they have to share with you? Document as you desire!
9. Contemplate what it would be like to be feeling truly grateful, right now. Breathe in this curiosity. See what happens!
10. Does reading this list reek of cheesiness to you? Make your own gratitude ritual that feels right to you- these are the most effective!
As I write this list, I'm aware of much injustice in our world. People are hurting, right now, yet there is also much to be thankful for. We each have both pain and joy in our lives. Our wellbeing depends on our ability to allow both sides of experience- even as we work to create a more just world for all.
Wishing you a bright holiday season! May you share your one-of-a-kind light with others, making memories that bring a smile! I am thankful for each and every one of our unique gifts!